How To Design A Home Bar
Seeing movie stars drink from their own home bars was always very tempting. Most people cannot afford it, but if you are among those who have finally decided to fulfil their dreams by doing a kitchen makeover, then today is your lucky day. In this article, we will provide you with some quality information and tips about setting your own home bar. Be advised that creating one requires a lot of time and it will not be as easy as it sounds. Here is how you should do it.
Choose a Spot for It
The most important thing is the choosing the right sport for your bar. Where do you want it to be? Once you have answered this, make sure that there is enough space for unobstructed movement behind and in front of the bar. If your house has a second floor, the bottom one should be the place for a bar, since you do not want to be bringing all the materials and tools upstairs during building time and the drinks later on. Keep it on the bottom floor, and preferably next to the window, for the atmosphere can heat up very fast and you will want all that fresh air coming straight inside.
Get the Right Dimensions
Once you have provided enough room for normal movement and operations behind the counter, you can start planning how everything will look like in the end. If you plan on using the bar stools, make sure that the height of the counter and the stool are proportional. As for the length, the bar can be as long as you want it to be, according with the free space.
Material Does Matter
Usually, people go with wood since it is the easiest material to work with and it can be easily edited and shaped as you wish. The most practical option is always going with the wooden frames made for every side of the bar, and then covering them on both sides with the pre-cut panels. You can order the panels from a local wood store, or make them yourself if you possess the proper skill for it. There are different types of wood out there, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Usually, people choose the one that suits them best at the moment, both economically and by the quality. Patterns and designs are also a thing of personal choice, since it is your bar, you can design it as you wish.
Protection and Minimization of Spilling
No matter how good bartender you are, someone will often spill a drink over your home bar. You want to protect the wood and to do so you would want to get the best waterproof lacquer and apply it thoroughly all over the counter surface. Be patient when doing it and make sure that you do not miss a spot, for preserving the wood is very important for your home bar to be durable and long-lasting. Also, you will want to reduce the spilling to a minimum, so consider moulding your top counter so that the liquid cannot fall from the edges on the floor or other parts of the bar. Another great solution is placing the drip tray which will keep the spills away from the surface. You want to minimize the contact of the counter and the spilled drinks and by doing so, save your bar from disaster and rotting.
Stock It up with Fine Drinks
Once you are done making it, it is shopping time. Usually, people get only the liquor they drink, and in some cases add up the old and vintage liquors they have. Make sure you stock up on wines; there are many full-bodied wine specials going on during holidays, so consider those days as shopping days. Once you have them all set up inside the bar, you are ready to start enjoying it.
Having a home bar is a great thing, and it will definitely bring all your friends to your place. Instead of going out and spending all night tipping the bartender, take the apron and make your guests feel like they are in a real bar.
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